"There are question marks over Errol Spence, he's never been in with a guy like me". Brook began to take a significant punishment and elected to take a knee. This time, it was his left eye.
Errol Spence has beaten Kell Brook in Sheffield to become the new IBF welterweight champion. Time was 1:47.
Spence, who is the first United States boxer to dethrone an Englishman on British soil in almost a decade, looked brilliant.
The early rounds were close and competitive with Brook holding the upper hand. Brook said he could not handle the double vision from the swollen left eye. Unfortunately for Brook, it was his left eye that started to swell badly, beginning in the seventh round. This is especially true if Brook allows his opponent to set the tone for the fight, Booth told Sky Sports.
It was a slick display from Spence, in Sheffield, after he consistently anxious Brook with body shots and survived a flurry of punches from the former champion in the sixth round.
"It's the fourth time and I can't bear to come out without the win".
As remarked by Sky commentary, Brook could not continue due exclusively to the eye as his prior activity upon being knocked down displayed that he was more than willing to fight on through the massive turmoil.
"I give myself a B-minus", Spence said. He's a tricky fighter and awkward.
The fight between the two was almost blocked after Brook was looking to defend his belt against Amir Khan at the start of 2017. If they are entertained, more often than not, they will come back again. That's what real champions do.
"I went up to middleweight in my last fight, I put a lot of muscle on and it was so hard to get to welterweight". The 27 year old Texas based fighter proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is indeed one of sport's most proficient with his impressive stoppage victory over former titlist Kell Brook, and would indeed be a tough outing for any of the division's top ranked contenders and reigning champions, including Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman. "I showed true grit, I showed I can take a punch. He came to America, so I came over here to get it from him".
"He was hurt. He was exhausted".
"He was exhausted, worn out but kept firing shots. But there was a moment I realized I had to step up my game and I did".
"(My uncle) said I would win different national titles as an amateur. I want all the champions. Thurman is the current WBC and WBA champion, while Pacquiao has the WBO belt.
I can see Groves taking this on points and I would like to see Groves do it, but I don't think I'll be offering him a handshake..
That is exactly what happened as Spence poured it on and Brook couldn't match it.
"I got caught in the eye". "It was the one the worst feelings I ever had".
"I couldn't see out of the eye". I felt I was winning, but my eye didn't allow me to continue.
"When I walked out of the tunnel and saw everybody, it was wonderful".
"I remember the surgeon telling me if I'd have gone a round or so extra (against Golovkin) I could have gone blind and I had that in my mind", he added.
Brook did not attend the post-fight press conference and went straight to hospital after being examined in the ring. "I had to take the knee".